Spain Agrees to Extradite War Crimes Suspect

The Spanish government has decided to extradite suspected war criminal Veselin Vlahovic, who is wanted by Bosnia, Serbia, and Montenegro for a variety of crimes, but Spanish authorities did not indicate to which country Vlahovic will be extradited.

The government decision was posted on its official web site.

According to the Bosnian ambassador to Spain, Zeljana Zovko, decisions on where and when Vlahovic will be extradited will be taken after April 17.

Zovko told news agency HINA that the decision by the Spanish authorities was of a formal nature, adding that the Spanish judicial authorities would later decide to which country Vlahovic would be extradited.

The extradition request was approved by the cabinet of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

In Bosnia, Vlahovic, also known as Batko, is wanted in relation to alleged war crimes committed in the Sarajevo district of Grbavica in the 1990s. Upon his arrest in Spain, Batko reportedly confessed that he had killed at least 100 people and burned their bodies.

In Montenegro he is wanted after escaping from prison in 2001, where he was being held after convictions for robbery.

Serbia has requested his extradition for a 2001 murder for which he was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Batko was arrested on March 2 in Spain in a police raid. Vlahovic was arrested in Spain on suspicion of involvement in armed robbery and police assault.

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